Both Microsoft & Linux have been around for a while and we’re often asked the question: Which is better? Well, that depends. This sums up the basic differences:
Microsoft has been regarded as the easiest product to use while Linux has been traditionally considered a technology for more savvy users. This is not necessarily true. It is important to realize both hosting plans have individual merits. Also, your home operating system does not affect which hosting service you choose. For example, your home computer can run on Microsoft Windows and you can still choose Linux for your hosting package.
The major difference between Linux and Windows hosting is development environment. Linux supports PHP, Ruby, Perl and others with MySQL databases. Windows hosting supports ASP or ASP.NET with MSSQL databases. In order to decide which type of hosting is better for your site, you need to check what language you or your developers will use to create your applications.
Linux is the more popular choice for Web hosting among users. However, either works well for data driven sites offering dynamic content or interaction though inquiry forms or eCommerce. If you are looking to incorporate applications such as blogs or discussion boards on your site, Linux can be best due to the availability of many open source applications.
Areas where both platforms perform equally are performance, stability, static pages, and security.
Linux and Windows used to differ in price but you can now host your site with either platform for the same cost. For more information about 1&1 Web hosting packages, visit our website for Linux or for Windows. If you still aren’t sure which is best for your needs, contact our team for assistance by calling 1-877-461-2631.
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